'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign now underway

Authorities cracking down on drunk driving

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) are participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign underway now through the Labor Day holiday weekend, in an effort to curb impaired driving on state highways.

Using the slogan "They'll see you, before you see them," law enforcement agencies hope drivers will avoid getting behind the wheel drunk or impaired.

Law enforcement officials officially roll out this year's campaign at a press conference Tuesday afternoon where they also released the latest data showing the impaired and alcohol related incident numbers so far in 2015.

According to the LHSC, in 2014, there were roughly 3,500 alcohol-related crashes in Louisiana, nearly 300 of them fatal. LHSC Executive Director John Leblanc said traffic studies show that, in 2013, 234 people died in impaired driving related crashes and authorities are wanting to change that.

For two weeks through Labor Day weekend, law enforcement agencies across the state will be able to ramp up on patrols and sobriety check points to make sure drunk and impaired drivers stay off the roads.

"For those who insist on drinking and driving, chances are significantly greater that you will be arrested and you will find yourself inside of jail," said Cpt. William Davis with Louisiana State Troop A.

Authorities also say that there are some hefty fines that comes along with a DWI. You could be face to pay, in total, over $1,000.

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